From Amang to Zigzag: Names of 2019 tropical cyclones

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 02 2019 02:49 PM

People walk through rains and strong winds on Manila Bay, July, 28, 2017. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News/File

MANILA - The Philippines is battered every year by around 20 storms, which in 2019 will be given local names like Amang, Tisoy and Zigzag by the state weather bureau.

Below is PAGASA's list of possible names for this year's tropical cyclones.

Amang
Betty
Chedeng
Dodong
Egay
Falcon
Goring
Hanna
Ineng
Jenny
Kabayan
Liwayway
Marilyn
Nimfa
Onyok
Perla
Quiel
Ramon
Sarah
Tisoy
Ursula
Viring
Weng
Yoyoy
Zigzag


A local typhoon name is decommissioned when losses amount to over P1 billion or when at least 300 are killed.

PAGASA has 4 sets of names recycled every 4 years. Each set has 10 auxiliary or "reserve" names used in case the number of tropical cyclones for the year exceeds 25.

This year's code names will also be used in 2023, 2027 and 2031.

The weather agency came out with the names after its "Name-a-Bagyo Contest" in 1999.